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Simon and Garfunkel The Sound Of Silence Lyrics

Last updated: 08/08/2014 09:45:25 PM

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
'Neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.

"Fools" said I, "You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach out you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed
In the wells of silence.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence."

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How I interpret "Sounds of Silence" | Reviewer: tarahkins | 8/9/14

To me, the dream he was remembering was probably somethig real that intrigued him. I mean, probably felt alien to him. I mean think about it. Wouldn't a musicians worst environment be in a place of silence?

Response to 8/22/11 - David | Reviewer: Re 8/22/11 - David | 1/13/14


This is perhaps the best defense of art & wisely spoken words regarding "meaning" that I have ever heard. Too often we have to know "why," but perhaps for artists they don't make things to puzzle us, but rather inspire our own creativeness to compliment or even complete their work. It's not a matter of what was meant, rather an interesting way of provoking us to find our own meaning.

I have always struggled with art that does not come with an explanation of "why," but now I think I can look at art in a completely new way because of your words. I'm genuinely excited by this discovery.


Sound of Silence | Reviewer: Window | 12/27/13

Everybody that has commented has an admirable opinion. One of the messages in the song is that when we sneer at a brother or sister because we don't understand what they are trying to tell us is our failiure. The main truth behind the song is described by Reviewer: anonymous 5/13/13

silence n sound of halocination | Reviewer: muzammil | 10/9/13

this what actually i see when im high. its all about my halocination for me!! suddenly world seems silent for me!! but still there is some kind of sound and that is the sound of silence!!

my point | Reviewer: pkj | 10/8/13

it is all about people who are silent and not going against injustice. they know the truth but they cant tell it. world is covered with an illusion. writer also was in the same position but now he has realized

I LOVE THIS SONG | Reviewer: Richard shaw | 10/2/13

This review is all about how much i deeply admire the artists of theis song and their great piece oif work. as i was sitting in class, finding excuses why not to teach myu students, i figured, hey why not listen to my favourite song. then one of my students said: " Who dah hell is Simon and Grungefunckle. " so i smacked him. now i can sit at home, collectiung my unemployment checks anfd listen to this song all dah way home!!! -sorry bout the speelling. its Jay's fault.
-Richard Jamauh Shaw!

In conclusion | Reviewer: Izaya | 7/29/13

The "true" meaning of the song is whatever the hell the aithors intended it to be. Ideas ranging from thoughtful theories to full blown alien abduction and "awakening" (???) are useless arguments. Theres an article somewhere that will have the authors quotes saying their intended meaning.

sounds of silence is about abduction | Reviewer: anonymous | 5/13/13

Think of this song with what you may know about alien abduction.To much to write ..if you dont know about it then you will never see my perspective but those that know about the phenomenon will understand the part about the light splitting the sky,neon gods,people talk without speaking-how does the entity speak..not with its mouth...and so forth..I used to love this song until i relistened to it after my awakening..

It's about keeping silent when you know you should speak out against oppression | Reviewer: Razor | 12/5/12

The song is about keeping silent when you know you should speak out against oppression and the sudden realization that you have committed this atrocity all your life. Then, the desire to convert the world followed by cold hard the realization that you can't.

- To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. (Abraham Lincoln)

- All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. (Edmund Burke)

- In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

- If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. (George Washington)

- There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. (John F. Kennedy)

- The truth shall make you free. (Jesus Christ)

My connection to the song | Reviewer: Joy | 8/26/12

Here darkness means seclution. The protagonist has been in the dark for far too long and understands how it can ill-effect ones life.
Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again)

Now back to his normal life, he encounters a flashback to his old life through a vision.
Healso finds out that far too many people sharing the same consequences that he has faced. He attempts to make them realise through his experience ("Fools" said I, "You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach out you."
This song to me is an attempt to depict ones misry of the past and teach others how to encounter it through his own experience

wake up world | Reviewer: Selina | 11/26/11

I love this song. I first heard it in 1972 then I just thought it was great to listen to. Now I am looking at it from a different perspective. I get the frustration of the character who is awake and out of the box. He is so wanting the 10,000 people to wake up to what is important. To connect and be aware. To really communicate and not just be a robot following the crowd. It is a though he is alone in his awareness and he so wants others to realize their asleep. They are being tricked by the neon light and the new spiritual god. It is great to read all the different viewpoints here. Everyone seems out of the box.

Vietnam | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/24/11

We studied this song in my public speaking class. I believe It's about the vets coming home from vietnam and how they viewed the world after what they had been through and how they were treated by others.

September 11th Memorial | Reviewer: Tim | 9/12/11

Just a spectacular and moving piece performed by Paul Simon, if you hadn't seen his performance then check on

I will now and forever hold this rendition of Sound of Silence as seen, felt and interpreted slightly different than ever before.
Hello Darkness my old friend ( to revisit )
I've come to talk with you again ( 10 years later )

Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping ( The people who lost loved ones, the
visions and memories are like seeds
in our minds )
And the people bowed and prayed: In Silence

mad world | Reviewer: billy | 8/24/11

Amazing song, I never really thought about exactly what the lyrics meant until I heard it recently in the film the watchmen.
At first I was did understand the song because silence in a spiritual context is good.
However the type of silence that is mentioned here is a failure to express our true nature through fear and the desire to conform.
This song kind of reminds me of Mad World except in that, the perspective is slightly different.

My thoughts | Reviewer: David | 8/22/11

Its ironic to hear people heatedly argue about the meaning of the song...

People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening

Art belongs as much to the listener as the writer. Paul Simon wrote something which had meaning for him. If it resonates with meaning for you (whether your interpretation is the same as Paul's or not), then that's what it means for you. A good work of art, such as this, will resonate with meaning for many people, in many ways, often in contexts not thought of by the artist (after all he doesn't have direct experience of our lives). That it succeeds in doing so proves what a great song it is.

For me the song speaks of a lack of real connection in today's shallow world; where people lose sight of what's important to follow the bright lights of materialism, each of us alone in the crowd. That's just my reading though. Yours is just as valid, if it means something to you.